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City of East Jordan & NLEA announce Taylor Malpass as East Jordan DDA Coordinator


Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

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Andy Hayes, NLEA President

December 5, 2019 BOYNE CITY, MI— We are pleased to announce that Taylor Malpass will be joining the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) team serving as the East Jordan Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Coordinator. In that role, she will work closely with the City of East Jordan and DDA Board of Directors to implement the many exciting projects and initiatives in the DDA annual work plan. Taylor will begin her duties on January 6, 2020.

“It’s great partnering with the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance for this service. We are excited to welcome Taylor to East Jordan and the DDA,” said Tom Cannon, East Jordan City Manager. “We were very impressed during the interview process. The NLEA received several good applications; however, Taylor’s experience, personality, and commitment to our community really stood out.”

“Taylor will be a great addition to the team and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her. She’s committed to the area and the East Jordan community. East Jordan has some exciting opportunities ahead and Taylor’s experience and enthusiasm will be perfect,” stated Andy Hayes, NLEA President.

Taylor grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master’s in Public Administration. Taylor spent six years working for Orange County beginning her career in the County Treasurer-Tax Collectors office, then transitioning to Public Works where she served as the Administrative Policy Manager. She was responsible for ensuring all contracts and policy-related items abided by state and federal government code, as well as met all County requirements. She was the liaison for Public Works with the Board of Supervisors and other county departments working with appointed and elected officials on project and contractual matters. In 2018, she moved to East Jordan, where she and her husband enjoy being active with their family and friends.

Taylor volunteers as a Board member for Communities in Schools and owns Iron Goat Coffee in downtown East Jordan. After obtaining her degrees and working for a large county, Taylor developed a broad understanding of municipal government. Her experience with large-scale projects combined with her desire to build meaningful relationships will bring new perspectives to the DDA and will help guide her in this new endeavor as she seeks to leverage her past experiences, while effectively meeting the needs of the community she lives in and cares about.

In talking with her several references there was a common theme about how capable, personable, and professional Taylor is. Some comments included:

“She is one of the most phenomenal people I know.”

“Is an asset to any community or organization.”

“Wow!… Lucky you! Congrats to you all for hiring her!”

“She wore many hats, is a great role model and mentor. I learned a lot from her.”

“She can relate to and communicate with people of all positions and backgrounds, very personable and professional.”


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